The Flaming Lips wrote and recorded this song, and Bill Watterson drew this cartoon of Calvin and his brain. All I did was put the two together.
“A song of great social and political import” from the 1960s, as well as a fun song for which to make a music video — or sing, a capella, in public, loudly and obnoxiously. =D
This music video, for a Velvet Underground classic written by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, was made today — for a song originally recorded in 1969, the year after I was born. I used Windows Movie Maker to assemble it, and “painted” the preview-pic for the video, using MS-Paint. Other programs I used, for other images in the video, include Geometer’s Sketchpad, MS-Paint (again) and Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. Of all these computer programs, my favorite is Stella 4d, which you may try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.
In this video, the great dodecahedron is stellated, by twentieths, into the great stellated dodecahedron, while a selection from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony plays. The images for this video were created using Stella 4d, a program you can try for yourself (free trial download available), right here: http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php
Music: the first two tracks from the Murder By Death album Like the Excorcist, But More Breakdancing. Please visit their website, http://www.murderbydeath.com, to buy this band’s music and merchandise. While you’re there, I recommend checking their concert calendar, to see if they may be playing near you soon. Murder By Death concerts, which I’ve seen six times now, are not to be missed!
Visuals: rotating polyhedra, all with icosidodecahedral symmetry, generated using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for yourself at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. The polyhedra shown are, in order of appearance:
- The icosahedron
- The compound of the icosahedron and its dual, the dodecahedron
- The dodecahedron, with all faces the same color
- The small stellated dodecahedron, or first stellation of the dodecahedron, in a single color
- The small stellated dodecahedron, with only parallel faces having the same color (six-color arrangement)
- The great dodecahedron, or second stellation of the dodecahedron, six-color arrangement
- The great stellated dodecahedron, or third stellation of the dodecahedron, six-color arrangement
- Stellating the dodecahedron a fourth time, to return it to its original form, but in the six-color arrangement this time
- The icosidodecahedron, with triangular faces invisible, and pentagonal faces shown using the six-color arrangement
- The icosidodecahedron, all faces visible now, and colored by face type
- The fourth stellation of the icosidodecahedron (its first stellation is the dodecahedron, the second is the icosahedron, and the third is the compound of the first two, all of which have already been seen)
- The fifth stellation of the icosidodecahedron
- The convex hull of the fifth stellation of the icosidodecahedron, which is a slightly-truncated icosahedron
- The truncated icosahedron which is a true Archimedean Solid, since all its faces are regular
- The truncated icosahedron’s second stellation (the first is the already-seen icosahedron)
(Note: I usually don’t post the writing of others, but learned that incorrect lyrics for this beautiful — and horrifying — song are all over the Internet. These are corrected, and if I have erred, even slightly, please correct me with a comment. This song is from the Lips’ new CD, The Terror, highly recommended in its entirety.)
Always there, in our hearts, fear of violence and of death
Always there, in our hearts, there is love and there is pain
Always there, in our hearts, there is evil that wants out
Always there, in our hearts, there are sorrows and sadness
Always there, in our hearts, never understanding
Always there, in our hearts, something pure that we can’t control
Can’t control, can’t control, can’t control
Always there, in our hearts, destroying everything we know
Always there, in our hearts, not forgiving them, who are we?
Always there, in our hearts, shame that we are all powerless
Always there, in our hearts, joy of life and overwhelmed
Overwhelmed, overwhelmed, overwhelmed, overwhelmed, overwhelmed
Here is a music video for the song, also. The visual part of the video was created by Ben Maddox, and my source is his YouTube channel.